Tripoli, 15 October 2013:
Tunisia has released 17 Libyan prisoners held in Tunisian jails on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, according to . . .[restrict]Libyan news agency LANA.
Consul General of the Libyan embassy in Tunisia, Mohammed Ferjani said that the amnesty granted by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki followed efforts by the Department of Consular Affairs and the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to secure the release of the prisoners.
Releasing Libyan prisoners, many of whom are serving sentences for drug dealing, on days of particular significance, has become a customary goodwill gesture for the Tunisian government. In August, it freed 21 prisoners to mark the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr and 23 were set free in March on the occasion of Tunisia’s 57th anniversary of independence. [/restrict]